People do not realize the harm zoos do to animals. Zoos throughout the world should be banned due to their unethical practices; they cause animals mental distress, place them in unnatural habitats, and do little to conserve species in danger of extinction. Zoos should be banned because they cause animals mental distress. To the public’s eye zoos are a sanctuary; animals are free of wild predators and vets are available at any sign of disease, but even with these luxury features animals are still suffering. Captive animals suffer from a conditioned called, zoochosis.
Prisoners without Choice When people go on a trip to the zoo, it can be assumed that they do not think about much more than what they can see. Signals that make zoos unfair and sometimes unbearable for the captive animals are not visible to most spectators. This essay will explain how zoos are unjust and should not be supported. Animals should not be held captive due their negative behavioral changes, lack of natural habitat and the zoos failure to effectively preserve endangered species. Even though zoos try to imitate the natural habitat of each animal, the area for the zoo might not be able to support the animals needed environment.
This debate has gone on for generations and average folk are stuck in the middle, not knowing which side to stand on. The animals being kept in captivity could not be interviewed; their side of the story will be based on interpretation on their movement and interaction with animals in the zoo and in the wild. Are animals better suited to live in the harsh conditions of the wild or are they better suited to live their lives safely in captivity? Many animal rights activist argue that animals should be allowed to live their lives in the wild instead of captivity. That we as humans have no right to neither alter the fate of other species nor use them for our personal benefits.
Another contributor to animal health problems is the neglecting to the animal’s needs. Animals in captivity do not properly take care of their animals by neglecting to care for their sicknesses or giving them the physical interactions they need. Most zoo animals are in exhibits all a... ... middle of paper ... ...n cages conservation projects work on protecting animals and keeping land protected. If there were no zoos and only conservation then what happened to the tiger and the young girl would not be repeated with other animals. Keeping animals in captivity can only be acceptable if all of their needs are met, but it is still unnecessary and inhumane to keep animals in zoos (“Wild Animals in Captivity”).
Animal rights have been a controversial issue for decades and remain controversial today. Product testing on animals is considered wrong by many and is against animal rights, products can be made without testing on animals. Animals in zoos are looked after greatly and treated with respect, keeping them in zoos in not against animal rights. Many activists for animal rights have pets because some consider having pets as not against animal rights, the families that have pets give them homes and treat them as part of their family. Product testing is against animal rights; however, keeping pets and having zoos are not against animal rights.
In fact when a facility breeds too many animals they are sometimes sold to laboratories, traveling shows, canned hunting facilities, or to private individuals (“Ten Fast Facts”). Private individuals, who inquire about wild animals, almost always lack the proper caregiving skills, and this leads to animals being neglected. When being bred in captivity, animals are oblivious to their natural habitats and how to socially interact with their species. The article “Animals Used as Entertainment” lists rodeos, circuses, bullfighting, horse racing, cockfighting, dog fighting, and zoos as examples of the many ways animals are used in entertainment. Circuses and zoos are the two most relevant forms of animal mistreatment.
I feel that we have a duty and responsibility to animals and need to provide them with respect not neglect. Living conditions are crucial to an animal’s survival. Captivity cannot begin to replicate what it means to be free. Living in an enclosed prison cell, animals are prevented from natural activities like running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind (“Pitiful Prisons”). Zoos also cannot provide the amount of space animals have in the wild especially for species who roam larger distances in their natural habitat.